Document Type

Patent

Patent Number

US Patent 8,232,257

Patent agency

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Publication Date

7-31-2012

Assignee

University of Iowa Research Foundation (Iowa City, IA, US)

Application Number

12/531,752

Date Filed

2008-03-27

Total Pages

33 pages

Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention provide methods for targeted inactivation of viral genomes. In one embodiment, zinc-finger proteins in which DNA binding sites are altered such that they recognize and bind different, desired DNA sequences contained in hepatitis B virus (HBV) and that include nuclease domains are used for inactivation. Other embodiments for targeted inactivation of viral genomes use small nucleic acid molecules, such as short micro-RNA molecules or short hairpin RNA molecules capable of mediating RNA interference (RNAi) against the hepatitis B virus.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/patents/577